2004 Chevrolet Colorado 4dr Crew Cab ZQ8 LS Base Rwd SB (3.5L 5cyl 4A)
This is by far the most reliable and dependable vehicle I ever owned. It is 14 years old and still providing dependable transportation. I recall how terrible the reviews (includes Edmunds) were about this truck when it came out. I bought the first model year when the Colorado line was launched. My truck is actually a 5 cylinder crew cab Z85 RWD (looked at the sticker). GM was out of 6 cylinder engines when they launched line so they offered the 5 cylinder. The rest is history.
2004 Chevrolet Colorado 2dr Regular Cab Z85 LS Rwd SB (2.8L 4cyl 5M)
I purchased my Canyon new in 2005 with 30 miles on it and now it has 162,000. It rides very comfortably, good mileage, and has good handling except for wheel hop when the road is wet. For the first 4 years/50k miles the truck was great, after that, the front coils, all 4 shock absorbers and exhaust started to wear out, break and were replaced. By 80k miles, the u-joints on the driveshaft had been replaced, and a mystery vacuum leak started, causing many parts in the vacuum system to be changed. By 100k, most of the cooling system had been changed including the temp sensor, thermostat, radiator, water pump, and head gasket due to overheating. Since then, the driveshaft, leaf springs, fuel pump and many sensors have been changed. The VVT actuator/exhaust sprocket failed and is no longer available from GM and is not available in the aftermarket. The truck is now junk because it can pass inspection. Save yourself and don't buy the 4 cylinder version of this truck, It is prone to failure much more than the 5 cylinder version
2004 Chevrolet Colorado 4dr Crew Cab ZQ8 LS Rwd SB (3.5L 5cyl 4A)
My truck is equipped with manual door locks, which is what I wanted. Also I have crank window handles.... The problem with the window handles is they are very stiff to roll up and down. But they still work. The interior door locks work okay also, but it's a stretch to reach across the front seat to unlock it for a passenger. Also, it does not have an outside key lock on the passenger side, which is a real problem in nasty weather. The passenger has to stand there and wait till the driver gets in and reaches across to unlock it. I think it may even be a safety hazard as far as getting in and out in a hurry.
2004 Chevrolet Colorado 4dr Crew Cab Z71 LS Base 4WD SB (3.5L 5cyl 4A)
I own a 2004 Chevy Colorado they are poorly engineered and use substandard parts quality.
The Electrical system is a joke and I've replaced the electrical fan speed control relay and corresponding plug 3 times. Twice under factory warranty. Each time its close to starting a fire.
2 Year Second time @ 34,063 Miles Third time last weekend.
$27 for the Resister, & $79 For the Power connection rip-off.
The blower motor only lasted 2 Years, 30,897 miles.
The engine thermostat never worked right form the factory.
The CD player only lasted 20,000 miles. And wont eject or play.
If you plug in a trailer, with known good wiring, and blow fuses. the list goes on................
Descant fuel mileage
Fire the electrical engineer who designed this truck